Adapting to Changing Import Flows in the US with Port to Door Services

May 16, 2023
Cargo Port with plane over and big cargo ship

The pandemic and evolving supply chain challenges have brought about a significant transformation in the import landscape of the United States. In this shifting scenario, STG Logistics remains steadfast in our commitment to keep businesses moving. With the recent shift in containerized imports from the West Coast to the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, and Gulf ports, we leverage our expansive network to ensure seamless port to door services. Our adaptability to these changes guarantees that cargo owners and their customers continue to receive their goods on time and in the most efficient manner possible.

Background: Shifting Cargo Traffic

In the current post-pandemic world, the Los Angeles-Long Beach port complex, once the primary ocean gateway for cargo imports into the US, is witnessing significant challenges leading to a decrease in its dominance. Factors such as ongoing labor talks, near-shoring of factory production due to escalating tensions with China, and the US population’s migration towards the Sunbelt states are contributing to this shift.

West Coast container volumes were down 10% in the first quarter of 2023 compared to the same period in 2019. Conversely, Gulf ports saw a 43% increase in goods during the same period. The relocated cargo, predominantly electronics, furniture, and machinery – finished goods typically imported from Asia, reflects the changing dynamics of import flows.

Adapting to the Changing Logistics Landscape

These shifting import flows might pose a challenge for some, but STG Logistics stands strong with our ever-expanding network of over 32 warehouses and 66 partner facilities nationwide. This extensive network enables us to cover a broader range of ports, ensuring businesses can strategically position their inventory closer to their buyers, leading to substantial savings in transit time and final mile delivery costs.

Our proactive investments in advanced technology and infrastructure keep us one step ahead, enhancing our service efficiency. As the industry evolves, we align our strategies, offering tailored solutions that empower businesses to navigate the shifting import landscape effortlessly.

STG Logistics remains resolute in supporting our customers through the continuous evolution of logistics needs and strategies. Our port to door services, are designed to cater to the shifting import cargo traffic. We continually demonstrate our dedication to providing efficient, reliable logistics solutions in an ever-changing global economy. To discover the STG Difference today, contact us today to learn more.